FO Friday – Pixie Waistcoat

It’s a beautiful, sunny Friday here in Australia, in our first week of Spring – but my toes are still cold and it’s nice to rug up just a little on chilly mornings – for which this little pixie waistcoat is perfect πŸ™‚

It’s my take on the granny-stripe shawl/vest/cowl/wrap – so versatile! – pattern by Michelle Greenberg. I used one Lincraft Cake (Aussie store brand) in ‘Blooming Roses’ instead of two Caron Cakes, and I added an sc (US) border to the long edge. 

It worked up super fast – a most satisfying and practical Spring make. If you’re heading into Autumn you can just keep on with those repeats for two cakes. Happy hooking! πŸ˜€

Wip Wednesday – Block Blanket & Fitted ShrugΒ 

Sophie has taken a back seat this week as I move further forward with my blanket – also because the next round involves popcorns, which I need to revisit, especially when they’re to be worked in fingering with a 3mm! Evenings are not the right time for new detail work – hopefully tomorrow when I have some child-free time during the day πŸ™‚

Meantime I’m making good progress with my blanket, with a little more joining and weaving each sunny Autumn afternoon. 

There are thirty-five blocks altogether, from thirty unique patterns to be found in one of my current favourite crochet books – Jan Eaton’s 200 Crochet Blocks. I’ve bordered each block in off white and am joining using single crochet worked from the back. The joining is not quite straightforward because the stitch counts of each block are not uniform. But, I’ll get there! I’m looking forward to deciding on the border.


I couldn’t resist also starting a fitted shrug with cap sleeves in Caron Cakes Rainbow Sprinkles. I had to go up a hook size to get the correct gauge, fingers crossed it will fit! It’s the first time I’ve attempted a crochet wearable that’s not based on a single square or rectangle, so I’m in very new territory, to the extent that I haven’t taken out any stitch markers or weaved in any ends, just in case I have to frog the whole thing!

I also have a Basketweave mandala on the go, but it’s still very tiny so I’ll save that for another time. Meantime I’m out on the veranda with a mug of green tea and a blanket to join. Happy days πŸ™‚